Oh, yes, we know the old jokes about being called to minister in the loveliest parts of the world. We see the appeal, of course, but it has never been a desire of ours to live on an island (come to think of it, we’ve been living on an island for 18 years, but it’s not the same, somehow).
There has been one man who lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who for years has wanted us to come to that city and present the truth in regard to homosexuality. That man, Steve Whiton and his wife, Francine, worked for weeks and prayed with a group of prayer warriors to arrange for our presentation on July 11, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church. The pastor of that church, Pastor Russell Ritchel, is a very courageous man who has stood for the truth of the Word of God in regard to homosexuality and invited us to give the presentation in his church.
On March 5, 2007, in the dark and cold early hours of the morning Dick, Greg, Jon, our Spanish translator and myself gathered to go to Newark Airport for our next big ministry in the Caribbean. This visit had begun to be considered months earlier when our friend and former L.I.F.E. member, Richard Matic, had moved to Costa Rica to attend seminary there. He contacted Pastor Arturo Barrientos and his wife Evalina, and told them about our ministry. They came to see us in Manhattan to talk over the possibility of our ministering in his church,Torre de Adoracion, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Since we were going to San Juan to teach counselors in November, one of our counselees, Ty Brodie, who had worked with the Billy Graham Crusade, and who grew up in Antigua, made arrangements for us to speak at his church, Bible Believer's Fellowship in Cassada Gardens on November 13, 14 and 15, 2005. Dick and I had to awaken at 3 a.m. in order to get a limo to go to JFK Airport for a 7 a.m. flight.